Ganna Grebennikova (Cambridge): How Do We Understand Taste in Music? Delta Dawn: How Sears, Roebuck & Co. midwifed the birth of the blues. Write a string quartet? There’s a program for that. A look at how 3D printing is revolutionising guitar-making. Can music save your life? Mark Edmundson wonders. Tunes without composers: Music naturally evolves on DarwinTunes. From Music Matters, is music a result of sexual selection? Lesbian bands, hear them roar: Many of today’s queer female bands are grappling with their riot grrrl legacy. An interview with Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. A review of Send in the Clones: A Cultural Study of the Tribute Band by Georgina Gregory. David Weigel begins a series on the history of progressive rock. What happened to romance and joy in music? David Masciotra wants to know. Mark Pedelty, author of Ecomusicology, on how he came to write about rock, folk, and the environment. We are alive: David Remnick on Bruce Springsteen at sixty-two. A review of MP3: The Meaning of a Format by Jonathan Sterne.
A new issue of Forum for Inter-American Research is out. Roger Merino (Bath): The Failure of Radical Democracy in the Andes. Angela R. Allyn (Marlboro): Homophobia in Jamaica: A Study of Cultural Heterosexism in Praxis. Brazilian engineer Jose Edimilson Canaes teaches people to turn the power of computers onto social problems. Should Latin America end the War on Drugs? Immanuel Wallerstein on the coup in Paraguay: Who won what? The Yankee Comandante: David Grann on a story of love, revolution, and betrayal — Alexander Morgan’s Cuban exploits. From New Politics, a review of Bolivia’s Radical Tradition: Permanent Revolution in the Andes by S.Sandor John; is Cuba different? A review of Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment by Samuel Farber; and Latin American Marxist: A review of Jose Carlos Mariategui: An Anthology. Statistics lie unless you're a math wizard with the girls of Iquitos, Peru. A review of Caribbean Literature and the Public Sphere: From the Plantation to the Postcolonial by Raphael Dalleo. Shannon O’Neil on the amazing integration of Latin America.
A new issue of Catholic Education is out. Nicholas Vrousalis (Leuven): Why Marxists Should Be Interested in Exploitation. Pelle Snickars, co-editor of Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media, on what Steve Jobs did not know about apps (and more and more). Sociologists will find much data, useful or not, in the Angry people in local newspapers blog, which features photographs, culled from local newspapers, of angry people. A review of Crimes Against State: From Treason to Terrorism by Michael Head. The highest possible resolution color images achieved. Why do we keep swooning over failed bankers? Joel Kotkin on how America's future is taking shape in the suburbs. The beauty of creation: An interview with Richard Dawkins. On the new geography of containerization: Olivier Mongin outlines a social geography of the global maritime system.
From THES, Alan Ryan on the faith in education that inspired “Great Books” collections. From Slate, which pop culture property do academics study the most? Bound for glory: A look at academic terms misused and overused in popular vernacular. From TLS, a review of Debates in the Digital Humanities. From The Chronicle, why bother writing book reviews? You might wonder why journals start, how they start and how they get established, especially when so many journals exist. There are no simple fixes, but here are two basic approaches to managing the overload of "must read" publications. Academics are revolting: Catherine Moffat on the open access frontier. Can you ever really retract a paper? Once a study leaves journal-land for the wider world, there’s really no erasing it — a nifty finding takes on a life of its own, even if it’s flawed or fraudulent. Students are taking advantage of a Huffington Post project that allows them to publish a summary of their research (800-1,000 words) on the online news site. In the Facebook era, students tell you everything.
Robert L. Oprisko (Butler): The Rebel as Sovereign: The Political Theology of Dignity. From Mobilizing Ideas, a special issue on the teaching dimension of being a social movement scholar. The insular world of economics: Has a reluctance to engage with other disciplines let us down? Adam Wheeler went to Harvard: The school of George W. Bush and Henry Kissinger (the war criminal who was feted on campus this spring as a conquering hero) took all appropriate measures to ensure that its name would never be sullied by associating with an immoral, egomaniacal charlatan, at least one who never held high office. Science writers say Jonah Lehrer’s scientific errors worse than fabricated quotes. Mark Schmitt on the end of the scam: Paul Ryan's victory — or defeat — could transform American politics. A review of Why Atheists Love Breasts by Rinth de Shadley.
A new issue of The Black Commentator is out. Anna Marie Smith (Cornell): Reading Thurgood Marshall as a Liberal Democratic Theorist: Race, School Finance, and the Courts. John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Martin v. Malcolm: Democracy, Nonviolence, Manhood. Eric Foner reviews More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829–1889 by Stephen Kantrowitz. When were blacks truly freed from slavery? Hillary Crosley investigates. Barbara Dianne Savage on the myth of the black church. An interview with David J. Leonard, author of After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness. From the New York Review of Magazines, an interview with Desiree Rogers, the high-profile former White House social secretary, who became the new CEO of Ebony and Jet despite zero publishing experience; and where is the magazine that focuses on social issues, politics, fashion and grooming for the man of color? An interview with Tanner Colby, author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America (and more).
Aldo Musacchio (Harvard) and Sergio G. Lazzarini (IIER): Leviathan in Business: Varieties of State Capitalism and Their Implications for Economic Performance. From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on Aesthetics and the Senses. The veil of opulence: As the selection of Paul Ryan shows, the schism between the Obama and Romney doctrines of fairness is wide — but only one of them offers the moral clarity needed to guide policy. From Too Much, in plutocracy, only moguls have megaphones. David Carr is wondering how far magazines must fall: Making a weekly newsmagazine has always been tough, but the root of Newsweek’s continued losses lies in a changing marketplace. For the first time in U.S. history, a major party will nominate Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates neither of whom are Protestants.
Benjamin Lee Samuel Nelson (Waterloo): Unwritten Law: Three Selections in the History of Political Philosophy. Brenner M. Fissell (Georgetown): Plato's Theory of Democratic Decline. Josiah Ober (Stanford): Thucydides as Prospect Theorist. Emma Brown (Edinburgh): “Hooped Within the Great Wheel of Necessity”: The Interrelation of War and Peace in Anglo-Saxon Political Thought. Fania Oz-Salzberger (Haifa): The Political Thought of John Locke and the Significance of Political Hebraism. A review of Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: Authors and Argument, ed. Catherine H. Zuckert. From The Art of Theory, an interview with Josiah Ober, a classicist and political theorist at Stanford University. The first chapter from Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau by Christopher Brooke. Happy Birthday to Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Why the world’s first celebrity intellectual still matters (and more). Gerald Gaus on Rawls and Hobbes. Freedom is a chilly virtue: An interview with Michael Ignatieff on Isaiah Berlin's definition of freedom, politics and the freedom not to be political.
Caroline Howarth (LSU) et al: “It’s only other people who make me feel black”: Acculturation, Identity and Agency in a Multicultural Community. What is the real legacy of colonialism? Atrocities committed as Britain's imperial rule ended have been revealed in newly published documents. Highland Games: Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the Scottish threat to Britain. On Britishness: Britain is a bewilderingly motley nation of phlegmatic grumblers — a seaside resort-going, class-conscious people haunted by loss of empire, and we can’t even agree on what the country is called. There is no “British” higher education system, argues Alan Trench: there are four. Britain should break free from its delusion and adjust to the realities of its global position. A review of Enoch at 100: a Re-evaluation of the Life, Politics and Philosophy of Enoch Powell. Robert Colls asks what British identity is — and what it is not. Breaking up is good to do: John McAllion makes the socialist case for an independent Scotland. A review of National Belonging and Everyday Life: The Significance of Nationhood in an Uncertain World by Michael Skey.
A new issue of Hippocampus is out. John William Draper (Penn): Extinction and Risk. From Human Life Review, a symposium on Truth-Telling in the Public Square. From Full Stop, an interview with Bookforum’s Chris Lehmann on the beleaguered status of social criticism, the ethics of covering the Republican primaries, and writing in the shadows of the 20th century’s leading public intellectuals. A review of Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography by John A. Hall. An interview with former radical bookstore owner Sean Stewart, editor of In On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the US. Dan Ariely on understanding the dangers of “ego-depletion”. Is it possible to predict what the world will look like in 2052? Jorgen Randers thinks so, and his global forecast may surprise you. A review of Philosophical Interventions: Reviews 1986-2011 by Martha C. Nussbaum.